“Homecoming” star Janelle Monáe covers Variety’s “Power of Women” issue photographed Sophy Holland by and styled by Alexandra Mandelkorn.
On her character and the second season of Amazon’s “Homecoming.”: The twisty drama, with its thematic condemnation of corporate malfeasance, is “even more relevant” now, Monáe says — it’s about privileging “greed and capitalism over the well-being of humanity and humans.” That her character is also in a relationship with Hong Chau’s Audrey, who’s back for Season 2, made Monáe especially want the role. “To have a Black woman and an Asian woman in a relationship on TV is the type of representation that we need,” says Monáe, who says “being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community is an honor.”
Especially after the death of George Floyd, which has caused uprisings around the country over police brutality and racism, Monáe wants people — especially white people — to wake up: “Because we need you,” Monáe says. “We need more people inside these places, inside these police precincts and these buildings, to stand up. And to be marching. And to be right there with us.”
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